Many people think that if they just have this one tool, or the right gun, or a super-secret hide out, they can survive anything. They are wrong.
The thing about survival, whether it means walking 100 miles through the Amazon back to civilization, persevering after a natural disaster, or fighting off the hoards of imaginary zombies that are never coming, the most common attribute of those who survive is creative thinking—improvising to accomplish the necessary tasks. In a survival situation, you won’t have the luxury of driving to your local supermarket or hardware store, so you need to learn how to work with what you’ve got before the time comes.
Water Bottle Fire Starter
In a survival situation, you’ll usually either have a disposable water bottle or a Nalgene bottle on hand, or you’ll likely be able to find a disposable water bottle because of thoughtless litterers who have passed through the area before you. Thanks to the curve of the bottle and refraction from the water, you can focus sunlight into a beam capable of igniting tinder to start a fire. It’s not as intense as the beam you’ll get from a true magnifying lens, but it’s better than nothing.
TP Roll Sprouts
I recommend storing as much food as space allows, but true sustainability can only be achieved by growing your own food. Using old toilet paper tubes filled with soil is a great way to get your seeds started in an easily controlled environment, and once the sprouts get large enough to move outdoors, you can simply place the tubes into holes in the ground. The cardboard will disintegrate, and the roots will grow down through the open bottom. Continue to full story…